Oversized headgear finds surprise buyer in charity eBay sale

The hat worn by Pharrell Williams at January’s Grammy Awards has sold for $44,100 (£26,377) in a charity eBay auction.

The column inch-hogging garment was auctioned by the singer for the charity From One Hand To Another. According to a tweet on its official Twitter, the buyer is US restaurant chain Arby’s.

When Pharrell debuted the Vivienne Westwood headpiece on the red carpet, comparisons were made to the hat in Arby’s logo, and Arby’s even tweeted asking Pharrell for its hat back. Last night (March 2), the chain tweeted Pharrell saying they were “happy to support a great cause and get our hat back”.

Currently sitting atop the UK singles charts, Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ has sold over one million copies in the UK. The singer’s latest track marks his third million-seller in eight months following the success of Robin Thicke collaboration ‘Blurred Lines’ and Daft Punk duet ‘Get Lucky’ last year. The feat makes Williams the second act in history after The Beatles to be part of the main line-up of an act to achieve more than two million-selling singles in the UK.